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Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, India: The Most Beautiful Hotel In The World?

A palace hotel in the middle of the lake, with a view of the mountains and the city palace of Udaipur. Can it get any more dreamlike? I'm staying at the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur Hotel (5 stars), where scenes from James Bond's “Octopussy” were filmed. It is considered one of the most romantic hotels in the world, perfect for weddings or couples vacations. Right? I'll tell you about it in the article and show you pictures of the most beautiful hotel I've ever seen.

Trip to North India

For 10 days I visit Delhi and various places in Rajasthan in North India. I try out different accommodations - from a palace hotel to a boutique hotel to a homestay with a family.

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Udaipur (also called “Venice of the East”) has around 450,000 inhabitants. Several lakes are located in the vicinity of the city center. The picturesque city is one of the most popular attractions in the country.

By boat to the hotel in the lake

TheTaj Lake Palace Hotel *(Recommendation link to, rating there: 9.5) has its own jetty at the city palace. From here I take a small boat across Lake Pichola to the hotel in the late afternoon, together with four other Germans.

“Is the hotel as beautiful on the inside as it looks on the outside?” I ask one of the two women. “It's fantastic!” She says enthusiastically. And she promises me a special surprise on arrival.

An employee is already waiting for me at the hotel island pier. He accompanies me to the reception with a brocade umbrella.

It quickly becomes clear to me what the umbrella is for: rose petals are raining down on me from the hotel's roof terrace. Oooh ...

Palace hotel with history

I am warmly welcomed. The hotel has 83 rooms housed in the 270 year old building (built in 1746 for Maharana Jagat Singh II) made of white marble.

It's the nicest hotel I've ever been to. It has already won countless prizes, e.g. B. as “Best Luxury Hotel in India” (Lonely Planet Magazine Awards).

A hotel employee leads me across the hotel island after check-in. I notice there that the guests are well distributed around the facility - I hardly meet anyone.

Courtyard with garden

I fall in love with the pool with its view of the lake. The inner courtyard is also beautifully designed with silver gargoyles and colorful flowers.

The hotel offers various activities such as:

  • Yoga lessons
  • a tour of the hotel grounds
  • a shadow dance performance in the evening

Sleep like a king

I have a large room with a lake view, living room and sleeping area.

A canopy double bed is waiting for me. With its embroidered pillows, I really feel like a princess in it.

In front of it: a large television with international programs. I can read the newspapers and magazines in the sitting area.

With the wifi I have the fastest internet connection so far in India. Quickly upload a few pictures to Instagram ...

I have two wardrobes for myself, in a separate room. Complete with ironing board.

I never unpack my suitcase when I'm traveling, as I'm usually in a different place every one or two days. But I take the opportunity to have my laundry done until the next morning.

The bathroom is huge. What I like best is the bathtub in it, it looks so old-fashioned. According to the spa menu, I can have different baths filled here.

Spa treatment deluxe

But I feel more like a massage: At 5 pm I arrange a treatment in the “Jiva Spa” for 7 pm - no problem.

After a relaxing back massage and a skin analysis, my face is pampered: with a rose lotion, a peeling, a mask and then with hot towels.

This is followed by a head massage, hands and feet are gently kneaded. I leave the room completely relaxed ...

Indian dinner

It's getting dark. The lamps light up in the yard. I cross it when I go to dinner.

In the “Neel Kamal” restaurant, subdued lighting and a few couples are waiting for me, quietly talking at the tables. It's a luxury hotel, but the dress code is chic and casual.

The staff is very friendly and attentive: my handbag has its own chair. The waiter explains the menu to me in detail. And since I travel alone, I get a selection of magazines in addition to food.

I eat my Indian food to the sound of sitar:

  • Papadam flatbread with mango chutney, mint sauce and tamarind chutney
  • Lamb with yogurt, onions and cashew nuts
  • Jaleb Rabhi for dessert

My conclusion

in the Taj Lake Palace Hotel *in Udaipur I really felt like a princess. The hotel is beautiful, especially on the outside. I can highly recommend the massage treatment, the service was attentive and the food was delicious.

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